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US Suicide Rate for People with Epilepsy Exceeds Levels in General Population

esearchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control studied the prevalence of suicide among people with epilepsy compared to the population overall and estimated that the annual suicide mortality rate among those with epilepsy was 22 percent higher than in the general population. Results are online in the journal Epilepsy and Behavior.

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Mice Survive Brain Cancer Tumors Lacking Key Surface Proteins

A new scientific study has characterized a checkpoint protein that allows certain brain tumor cells to avoid the immune system.

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Lack of Sleep Increases a Child's Risk for Emotional Disorders Later

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When asked how lack of sleep affects emotions, common responses are usually grumpy, foggy and short-tempered. While many jokes are made about how sleep deprivation turns the nicest of people into a Jekyll and Hyde, not getting enough shut-eye can lead to far more serious consequences than irritability, difficulty concentrating and impatience.

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Cinnamon May Be Fragrant Medicine for the Brain

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If Dr. Kalipada Pahan's research pans out, the standard advice for failing students might one day be: Study harder and eat your cinnamon!

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Designer Protein Gives New Hope to Scientists Studying Alzheimer's Disease

A new protein which will help scientists to understand why nerve cells die in people with Alzheimer's disease has been designed in a University of Sussex laboratory.

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Novel Compounds Arrested Epilepsy Development in Mice

A team led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of LSU Health New Orleans' Neuroscience Center of Excellence, has developed neuroprotective compounds that may prevent the development of epilepsy. The findings will be published online in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal, on July 22, 2016.

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TSRI Scientists Receive Funding to Advance Stem Cell-Based Parkinson’s Therapy

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Scripps Clinic have received a grant of nearly $2.4 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to support safety and quality tests of a potential stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

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Scientists Use Already-Approved Drugs to Force Cancer Cell Death, How to Decide if Watchful Waiting Is the Right Choice, Some Adolescent Cancer Survivors May Require More Comprehensive Mental Health Screening, and MORE in the Cancer News Source

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Metabolite Normally Secreted in Urine May Cause Cognitive Impairment in Kidney Failure Patients

• A metabolite that is normally excreted in urine was linked with impaired cognitive function in patients with kidney failure. • The metabolite has been previously linked to cognitive impairment in other patient populations.

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Neuroscientists Get $3.2 Million to Study Brain Mechanisms Underlying Sex Differences in Social Stress

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) at Georgia State University has received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the neurochemical mechanisms underlying social stress in males and females.

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Football Concussion Update: Player-on-Player Hits Cause More Serious Head Impacts

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In football, player-vs.-player hits will likely cause more severe head impacts than other impacts, according to a new study by a University of Georgia researcher.

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How the Brain Improves Motor Control

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Adaptation in reaching -- gradual improvement of motor control in response to a perturbation -- is a central issue in motor neuroscience.However, even the cortical origin of errors that drive adaptation has remained elusive. In a new paper published in Neuron, Inoue, Uchimura and Kitazawa have shown that error signals encoded by motor cortical neurons drive adaptation in reaching.

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New Intellectual Disability Syndrome Caused by Genetic Damage to Single Gene

Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics have found a gene responsible for an intellectual disability disorder and proven how it works. The research, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, details the role of a gene called BCL11A in a new intellectual disability syndrome.

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Cerebrospinal Fluid Signals Control the Behavior of Stem Cells in the Brain

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Prof. Fiona Doetsch's research team at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered that the choroid plexus, a largely ignored structure in the brain that produces the cerebrospinal fluid, is an important regulator of adult neural stem cells. The study recently published in "Cell Stem Cell" also shows that signals secreted by the choroid plexus dynamically change during aging which affects aged stem cell behavior.

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HD Monkeys Display Full Spectrum of Symptoms Seen in Humans

Transgenic Huntington's disease monkeys display a full spectrum of symptoms resembling the human disease, ranging from motor problems and neurodegeneration to emotional dysregulation and immune system changes, scientists at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University report.

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Duke to Participate in Early Clinical Trials for Emerging Neurological Therapies

Duke University could receive up to $19 million to lead early-stage clinical trials for new drugs to treat neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and neuropathy.